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Disney California Adventure's Flattest Ride Nearing Dead End

Author:Scott Craven
Dateline:February 09, 2015
Posted:February 23, 2015
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Disney California Adventure is getting a much needed tire rotation, and will soon change out the Cars Land flat that is Luigi's Flying Tires.

The attraction is shutting down when the gates close on Feb. 16, according a message posted Friday on the Disney Parks Blog.

The bumper-car-like ride, where tires hovered (and never flew) on a cushion of air, was perhaps the weakest link of the new land when it opened June 15, 2012. It will be replaced by an as-yet unnamed ride that likely will more thrilling than gliding along a huge air-hockey table.

Not only does Luigi's Flying Tires sport one of the park's slowest lines, but it was based on a technology going back to the 1960s. Those who remember the flying-saucer ride in Tomorrowland likely recall how often it was closed due to numerous breakdowns.

The soon-to-close tire ride was built on a much more reliable foundation, but the lackluster experience was still right out of the 60s. Riders shifted their body weight to maneuver the nine-foot-wide pucks, providing neither the speed nor force required for that anticipated "You'll feel that tomorrow" collision.

That made the attraction perfect for little ones, leading to a Catch 22 -- most children did not have the weight necessary to keep the tires moving. Some riders would hover in one spot, waiting for a collision to propel them.

Cars Land was a huge success when it opened June 15, 2012. In continues to draw the park's largest crowds, elevating Disney California Adventure from "Perfect spot when we need a break" to "Let's get there 30 minutes early."

Even today lines for Cars Land premier attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, can hit two hours by late morning.

The line for Luigi's Flying Tires hovered in the 20-to-30-minute range, still not worth it when considering the "thrills to wait time" ratio.

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